Sigalit Landau is an Israeli artist who’s especially interested in the Dead Sea. During her childhood, she lived in a home built on a hill in Jerusalem. She really loved the stunning view of the northern banks of the briny waters, and she visited its shores with her family on the weekends. This has greatly influenced her present creative work in a symbolic as well as spiritual manner. She states that she feels like ‘meeting with a different time system, a different logic, another planet’.
Her most recent project is a photo series containing 8 parts and is titled ‘Salt Bride’. This is a unique and enchanting fusion with the mystical nature of the cherished lake. In 2014, Landau submerged a black gown in the lake. On multiple occasions in the span of three months, she photographed the mesmerizing salinity-induced transformations. The gown looked absolutely glimmering and gorgeous as it was covered by salt crystals. Landau poetically expressed her feeling about the gown’s appearance, stating that it looked ‘like snow, like sugar, like death’s embrace’.
Landau derived inspiration for this concept from The Dybbuk, a 1916 play by S. Ansky. In it, the deceased lover of a young Hasidic woman possesses her while she’s engaged to a wealthy man. Landau’s aim is to convey this story which is filled with both romance and sorcery. The submerged gown is a replica of the one used in the drama. The supernatural forces are symbolized by salt, as it makes the dark gown as appear as a wedding gown.
The incredible photographs were displayed at London’s Marlborough Contemporary until September 3, 2016. So, check out these stunning and meaningful photographs below and share your thoughts with us in the comments!